With the beginning of another week comes yet another ignorant comment from a politician! During an interview on Sunday, Republican Todd Akin, a Senate candidate from Missouri, caused national controversy after he justified his stance again abortion by sharing his (completely warped) thoughts on pregnancy and rape.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," he said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Um EXCUSE ME?

There are so many things wrong with that comment I'm not even sure where to begin. What does "legitimate rape" mean exactly? Is there some sort of checklist that qualifies rape as "legitimate"? Does it only count as rape if it takes place in a shaded area of the woods, like it often does in the movies? What about the millions of women who have been raped by their own family members or ex-lovers or in their own homes? Akin might as well have told them, "Some guy forced himself on you...but, oh wait it was in a bed? Pshh, that doesn't count."

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As if that wasn't bad enough, to then suggest that females can somehow turn on a super human shield that prevents them from getting pregnant from this so-called "legitimate rape" is absurd. Akin is basically saying it only counts if you're not pregnant. Because obviously, if you ARE pregnant, you must have not turned on that powerful force field in your vagina, which means you wanted the baby and it can't be rape. That is clearly the only logical explanation.

What makes his comments worse (if that's possible) is that this man is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which in theory means he's supposed to actually know things about science and modern technology. After this weekend however, I can only assume that he sits on the committee for the sole purpose of amusing others with his inane suggestions. I mean, I can only imagine what he suggests when brainstorming energy conservation policies--probably something like, "From what I understand from doctors, the same force that can prevent a woman from having babies after rape can also be used to conserve energy. Maybe we should start having females point their ovaries to the sun like solar panels?"

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Though Akin has since released an extremely half-assed apology for these remarks (calling them "off-the-cuff" and admitting that he "misspoke"), it was nowhere near the proper amount of public groveling that is due for making such ignorant remarks. Still there is one bright side to the whole ugly situation: no politician, committee chair, or sane human being for that matter will be aligning themselves with (or getting anywhere near) Akin for a long while--which means he's that much closer to disappearing from the public eye forever!

What do you make of Akin's statements? Tell us in the comments below!

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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In my opinion, there is no apology that can suffice. This is the way this [hideous] person thinks. No apology can change that.
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